Chris Wilton has lived on the Rame Peninsula all of his life. Manages and farms 280 acres of land inside the AONB which includes Rame Head. He has been on the Parish Council since 2013, Vice Chair from 2015, and Chairman since 2017. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge from a diverse background to the council, including environmental, business and politics, which compliments with broad and diverse knowledge and experience of the other councillors. The experience of the existing councillors has made his role as Chair much easier. He cares very deeply about the Parish and our surroundings and always favours action and delivery over just words. Although, he does not agree at the moment in declaring a climate emergency, because we have no idea of the risks for the Parish or the Residents. Chris believes supporting initiatives that actually benefit the Parish and help combat climate change without the potential risk is far better for our Parish. Chris always listens to all sides and takes an impartial and balanced view of what is presented, this fair and balanced approach is essential in being an effective councillor.
This ethos carries through not what the issue is over, but action and delivering benefit to the parish.
The role of the chairman who is an elected head of the council. He/she is elected at the annual meeting of the council as the 1st item of business at the Annual Meeting of the Council and can serve for any number of consecutive terms, appointed by members of the committee. If present he/she must presides at all council meetings and maintain good order within the meetings, determining the order of the agenda. He/she has the same duties and obligations as other councillors and cannot make decisions alone. The Chairman has the power of using a second or casing vote to determine the resolution where there is a tie.
The responsibility of the chairman is to act as a representative for the council. The Chairman maintains a close working relationship with the Clerk to ensure awareness of protocol and smooth running of the council. The chairman is usually the person the clerk would approach if he or she had a grievance. The chairman must preside at every council meeting and can call a meeting given three clear days’ notice. He may also appoint one of his members to be Vice-chairman.